Apprenticeships

The apprenticeships offered by directly by EPUT include: –

  • Health & Social Care Level 3
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) Healthcare Practice for England (Assistant Practitioner) Level 4/5
  • Clinical Associate in Psychology Level 7

We also work with partner organisations to offer to our employees:

  • Business Administration level 4
  • Pharmaceutical apprenticeships

Staff can access the full range of apprenticeships on offer via www.jobs.nhs.uk.  Staff can then choose an apprenticeship which is relevant to their role, for example staff working in finance can undertake an apprenticeship in accounting.

Development Pathways

We offer a number of development pathways both clinical and non-clinical. The clinical pathways include a fully supported pathway to Nursing and excitingly we are currently developing pathways for our Allied Health Professionals such as OT and Physiotherapy.

Advanced Apprenticeships Level 3 in Health & Social Care

The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Health & Social Care is the replacement for the NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care that many will probably have heard of previously.

All new Health and Social Care level 3 apprentices in the Trust will be undertaking the Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker programme.  This programme last approximately 21 months and the requirements to apply for the course will be the same as the previous level 3.

Requirements for the apprenticeship are:

  • English and Maths (GCSE Grade C, 4 – 9 OR alternatively Level 2 Functional Skills) – which can be proven with certification.
  • Alternatively if you do not already have these we can support you to obtain these qualifications as part of your apprenticeship

We realise that units/teams can find this a struggle, so this is achieved through a minimum of 2 full days of training per month, other extra training days, and at least 3×3 week block placements where learners work in an alternative placement.  Time will need to be given for learners to complete a minimum of 1 hour per week reflective writing which must happen during work hours and several days’ worth of guided learning hours, which must be organised by the line manager through naturally occurring opportunities at work.  An e-portfolio system is used to create a portfolio of work, assignments will be submitted this way. Observations will be performed on Apprentices by their tutor to meet some of the qualification criteria. At the end of the programme there is an End Point Assessment. This involves a multiple choice situational judgement test, professional discussion and final observation. These will need to be passed to achieve the apprenticeship.

This qualification is the gateway to Higher National Diploma Apprenticeship (which is in place of the Associate Practitioner qualification) and the Nursing Top Up.

Courses are normally delivered 3 times a year.  All candidates will be required to attend an interview/assessment day prior to the beginning of the course.

If you are interested, in the first instance, all enquiries should be directed to:

Denise Whickman, Workforce Development Team – denise.whickman@nhs.uk

Higher National Diploma Level 5 Healthcare Practice for England (Assistant Practitioner)

The Level 5 HND is the replacement for the Associate Practitioner qualification that many will probably have heard of previously.

The Apprenticeship lasts approximately 24 months and is an academic qualification achieving 240 UCAS credits. Requirements to apply for the HND are:

  • English & Maths (GCSE C Grade or above, grade 4 – 9, or alternatively Functional Skills Level 2) – all must be proven with certificates.
  • Level 3 health and social care qualification.
  • Care Certificate

During the course there would be 1 study day per week over two years, with the designated day remaining fixed throughout the 24 month period.  During year 1 there would be one 3 week placement and the same during year 2.  Observations would also be performed on apprentices by the assessor who would visit the home workplace for a few hours to observe practice.  Students would not be removed from practice – the day would be agreed with the Line Manager and student.

Achievement of the Level 5 qualification would enable staff to apply to APEL into the degree nurse apprenticeship with our partner Universities and continue your progression in Healthcare. Alternatively, you could apply for a role as an Assistant Practitioner within the Trust.

There is normally one cohort for the programme yearly.  All candidates will be required to attend an interview/assessment day prior to the beginning of the course.

If you are interested, in the first instance, all enquiries should be directed to:

Denise Whickman, Workforce Development Team denise.whickman@nhs.uk

Clinical Associate in Psychology Level 7

For more information on the Clinical Associate in Psychology, all enquires should be directed to:

Hannah Palmer, Service Management Team Hannah.palmer11@nhs.net

Non-clinical training open to all staff includes:

Leadership Training

EPUT has a range of development pathways for current and aspiring leaders to enable a staff to fulfil their potential and continue their professional development. Each pathway is tailored to the needs of our staff, with high quality training delivered by a range of experts from across the Trust.

The Trust offers a bands 1-5 leadership development pathway and a management development programme (MDP) for bands 4 and above, along with the locally delivered Leadership Academy Mary Seacole Leadership Programme for bands 6 and above. Complimenting these pathways are a number of other training courses and modules, also delivered by a range of experts from across the Trust.